Bloaters fear fixture backlog

PUBLISHED: 12:09 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:57 03 July 2010

WITH Great Yarmouth's Town's game at Godmanchester postponed last Saturday, the chasing teams took full advantage - the three teams immediately below all won and went above the Bloaters who dropped to eighth place, their lowest this season.

WITH Great Yarmouth's Town's game at Godmanchester postponed last Saturday, the chasing teams took full advantage - the three teams immediately below all won and went above the Bloaters who dropped to eighth place, their lowest this season.

Town are now faced with a growing backlog of games thanks to this winter's weather. Three games now await re-dating and there are no spare Saturdays left, writes Gerry Brown.

The youth team is also suffering from postponed games and it seems likely it will be playing two games a week soon.

The youth game last week at Wroxham did go ahead, even though it resulted in their first dropped points of the season as they could only draw 2-2, but joint-manager Mark Scales declared it “a fair result.”

Yarmouth Reserves have already been re-scheduled three midweek home games this spring and if all goes according to plan they should finish

mid-April. But with local league cup finals also to be fitted in, the Wellesley pitch is going to take a fair hammering.

If the poor weather persists,

an extension to the Ridgeons League season may be considered, but for Yarmouth this would mean away games only beyond May 2 because the council decrees that football has to give way to summer sports at the Wellesley. There could be a repeat of the club's last home game or two taking place at other grounds in the area.

The club has received the disturbing, but in the current (financial) climate perhaps not surprising, news that the much-needed and previously promised work on revamping the interior of the main stand's facilities is to be put on hold indefinitely.

Essential work on the roofing is to be completed so that it will be made totally safe for public use once more, but it seems there is not enough money in the town's coffers to go ahead with the modernisation of the changing facilities even with the six-figure grant that club secretary Brian Smith worked so hard to obtain.

This work would have included the provision of female-official changing accommodation

which is likely to be a league requirement next season. So where that leaves the club with regard to league standing is anyone's guess.

Of matches that did take place last week, the Youth team lost their 100 per cent record for the season with a tough 2-2 draw at Wroxham, Dominic Smith and Adam Sewell, two of the youngsters to regularly feature in the first team, scoring Yarmouth's goals.

The Reserves lost their Junior KO Trophy quarter-final at home to section leaders Reepham, going down rather unluckily 1-0 after keeper Steve Pyrke lost the ball in the swirling wind just before half-time.

Tomorrow Yarmouth face another of the leading sides, Brantham Athletic. The Bloaters side will hopefully include Olly Savage and Adam Sullivan whose recent absences were caused through their jobs.

Brantham's last visit to Norfolk three weeks ago saw a 9-2 win at Fakenham.

Brantham's last home game saw a very surprising home defeat by Corton in the Suffolk Senior Cup.

Like Yarmouth, Brantham have drawn four and lost five league games this season. No coach this week, kick-off is 3pm.

The Reserves entertain section leaders Poringland 2pm. On Wednesday the U18s visit Kirkley & Pakefield, 7.45pm ko.

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